Riding Helmet SafetySafety riding helmet
Safety standards for riding helmets declared
ASTM/SEI certified" has established itself over the years for safety hats, but few drivers know what the names of the names are, let alone what is necessary to obtain this cachet. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is a centuries-old organisation that sets safety and security standard for everything from man-made playgrounds to firefighting overalls.
ASTM creates test methods and safety specifications for each article, which can then be adopted by specific organisations, such as USA Equestrian. The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) makes sure that once the safety standard has been introduced, it is followed by those vendors who conduct their own internal tests or outsource the tests to other labs.
The SEI representative regularly visits laboratories to test methods, and twice a year (and thereafter annually) the organisation will send a number of safety devices to an accredited test laboratory. In order to obtain the certificate, all safety hats (including bicycle, ice rink and horse models) are lowered onto a shallow anvil from about 1.80 m in length and from various corners and orientations.
Another ambos test is aimed at the special dangers of the game. "There is a very acute angle in the second incus on which the helmet is dropped," says Dru Malavase, who has been a member of the ASTM Riding Protection Board since 1984. Computers are used to determine the impact of a crash transmitted to the inside of a helmet in the form of gravitational forces (g).
"Malavase says that the most severe injury to the heads is 300 g, so all of our headgear must be underneath - not even the slightest one above." The helmet's webbing is tested separately to make sure it stays in place while leaking. Malavase says that the helmet is placed on a shape of the tip "with real bones ", "and then weighed down and dropped".
Seatbelts must keep the helmet upside down without overstretching. After freezing to minus 20°C, heating to over 120°C and immersing in cold storage over night, all of our safety jackets are tested again for shock and durability. When the helmet still does not carry more than 300g and the harness is still active, this helmet is ASTM/SEI approved.
"Malavase says, with all the riding hats we wear around the shed. For more information on driver safety, please see the November 2003 edition of EQUUS.